Winter Boots & Cozy Styles for Kids

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Last week, we shared our favorite bundling picks for both men and women that are sure to keep the cold out and warmth in all season long. Next up: cozy choices for even the tiniest snow bunnies in your life. Wintery conditions don’t have to mean the end to outdoor play, and in fact, with the right gear, kids will be out building forts and making snow angels from the time they hear, “school’s closed” to, “hot chocolate’s ready!” Bonus: These will keep your little one’s warm but our picks are fun enough that they’ll make great holiday gifts too.

BOOTS TO KEEP THEIR TOES TOASTY
Make sure you’re really ready for those cold days and snow fort weather by getting them their winter boots and gear now, even if you’re thinking about wrapping them up as a gift! That way, when the first flakes fall, those little toes will stay toasty warm all the way from the bus stop to the sledding hill.

Featured Products: The North Face Alpenglow Lace Boot | Stride Rite Made 2 Play Sneaker Boot | Kamik Carver Boot | Jambu Collett 2 Winter Boot | Bogs Sweet Pea | Itasca Snow Stomper | Itasca Snow Stomper | Sorel Youth Tofino II 

CLOTHING TO STAY COZY Insulation is key for winter, and these puffers will do the trick, keeping kids warm and fully protected from wind and wet conditions. And after a big storm hits, snowsuits are sure to bring hours of winter fun. Cool socks have become quite the fashion statement recently, and kids’ feet deserve to look good, too, but these picks mean nothing but business outside during recess.

Featured Products: The North Face Thermoball Full Zip Jacket 2015 | Patagonia Hi-Loft Down Sweater Hoody | Marmot Freerider Pant 73560 | Patagonia Baby Hi-Loft Down Sweater Bunting | Patagonia Insulated Snowbelle Pants | Icebreaker Snow Mid Over the Calf | MUK LUKS Microfiber Knee High Socks

WOOLY EXTRAS TO KEEP THEM WARM
Even though the theory (which likely dates back to experiments conducted in the 1950s) that you primarily lose body heat through your head has since been debunked, cold ears are nothing to joke about, so don’t forget a winter hat!

Got a techy kid in your life? Etip gloves will keep their hands warm without missing an important post or text. Or, keep it classic with tried-and-true mittens. Throw on an infinity scarf for an easy, extra layer of warmth that won’t get in the way of favorite snow activities.

Featured Products: The North Face Fuzzy Earflap Beanie | Patagonia Beanie Hat 66054 | Icebreaker Flexi Chute 100964 | Terramar Silk Rib Balaclava | MUK LUKS Plaid Bow Mittens | The North Face Etip Glove

Are you ready for winter? Check out our Top 10 Winter Boot’s You’ll Need – this season, ShoeBuy’s got the whole family covered!

2015 Back to School Trends: Preschool

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We can’t believe that the school season is already almost here! To get you and your little ones prepared for their upcoming adventures in preschool, we’re celebrating with a month of blog posts showcasing some of the top fashions and trends we’re seeing this season for kids heading back to school. Look through our selection of the top picks in areas ranging from apparel to footwear to bags and lunch boxes, all that will make your youngster comfortable and ready for learning and having fun! If your preschooler has any older siblings, be sure to take a look at our recommended picks for elementary schoolers, middle schoolers, and high school students!

Apparel
It’s important that your little ones stay warm and cozy on those chilly fall days. Find lightweight jackets to protect your preschooler from wind and rain, but make sure to also choose a style they’ll love putting on! Layers with fun patterns and some of their favorite characters can make getting them out the door in the morning a quicker and easier process.

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Patagonia Baby High Sun Jacket | Patagonia Baggies Jacket | The North Face Tailout Rain Jacket | Western Chief Thomas Blue Engine RaincoatPatagonia Synchilla Cardigan | Patagonia Sun-Lite Hoody

Footwear
We all know how active little kids are, and we feel sure that while the weather is still warm, your preschooler will want to be outdoors and running around. Look for footwear  that will be easy to put on, and comfortable to wear!  A basic pair of canvas shoes can be great for those more casual days, while a more bold pair with your little ones’ favorite characters on it can help them stand out. Also, don’t forget a pair of dress shoes, such as Mary Jane’s or oxfords, for more formal events or class pictures!

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Stride Rite SRT Flash | Keds Hello Kitty Glittery-KittySaucony Jazz H&LSkechers Skech Appeal Groove N Glide | Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Core Low | Umi Jett B |  | Vans Disney Era | Vans Disney Authentic | Primigi Andes | Academie Gear Scholar

Bags and Boxes
If your preschooler loves carrying all of his or her things with them, look for a small and easy to carry backpack in a cute pattern. Your little one will also need a cool lunch box, so find one that they’ll look forward to seeing at lunchtime, with themes like outer space or mermaids!  Take a look at our top picks below, and picture your students smiling when they get to carry one of these around throughout this school year!

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Wildkin Crackerjack Backpack | Wildkin “Out of This World” Lunch Box | Wildkin Double Decker Lunch BagWildkin “Wishbone” Lunch Box | Wildkin Munch ‘n Lunch Bag

Have you found styles that your little one will love? Check out these styles and more at  our full collection of back to school items!

2015 Back To School Trends: Elementary School

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The back to school season is already right around the corner, and to get little ones ready (and excited!) for the upcoming school year, we’re celebrating with a month of blog posts highlighting the top styles and trends we’re seeing this season. So from shoes to backpacks to apparel, keep reading to browse the picks that will make your elementary-aged kiddos the most stylish and comfortable students in the school hallways this year. And check back later this month as we highlight fashion trends for preschool, middle school and high school!

Shoes
Make getting your kids ready for school a breeze with shoe styles that your kids will love wearing and that you’ll feel good about. Slip-ons are a great option this season for easy wear whether your kids are running around at recess or from class to class. For girls, polka dots, metallics, and neon colors will be popular this year. For boys, suede shoes & boots, boat shoes, and breathable mesh slips-ons are predicted to be top-sellers. And of course, you can’t get growing and active feet ready for the year without a new pair of sneakers.

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Converse All Star | Sperry Top Sider | Clarks Desert Boot | Sketchers Equalizer Persistent | Stride Rite SRT PS Clover | Bumbums & Baubles Spencer Sneaker | Keds Champion CVO Dot Sneaker | Saucony Kotaro | New Balance KV697 Running Shoe

Backpacks
If you have any elementary-aged kids, you know that the backpack is just important as the outfit! We’re seeing cute animals backpacks, bright colors, and rolling bags as top styles that are sure to be “in” this year and for grades to come. And if you don’t trust us, just show these fun picks to your kids watch their huge grins yourself! :)

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Wildkin Sidekick | Deuter Kikki | JWorld New York Sweet Kid’s Rolling BackpackRockland My First Backpack | Wildkin Sidekick

Apparel
A cozy jacket or lightweight layer is a must to take your kids from summer into the cooler school months ahead. And as you know, if your little one finds one they love, they will essentially live in it all year! Make sure they have a rain coat, zip-up hoodie, and jacket to take them through the season, like one of the top styles below.

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Western Chief Ladybug Rain Coat | Western Chief Frog Rain Coat| The North Face Glacier Full Zip Hoodie | Metal Mulisha Tropics Hoodie | Marmot Southridge Jacket | Patagonia Re-Tool Snap T Pull Over

Did any of these picks make it onto your little ones’ back to school wish list? Shop these styles & more in our 2015 back to school center here!

2015 Back to School Trends: Middle School

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It’s hard to believe that in just a few weeks, the school year will be starting back up again! We’re here to help your tweens and teens get excited for the year with a series of blog posts showcasing the hottest styles and trends this season. Today, we’re looking at top back to school picks in shoes, backpacks, and clothing that will surely make your little fashionista or trend-setter feel comfortable, fashionable, and prepared. For younger kiddos, take a look at our post highlighting elementary school trends, and check back later this month for the top styles for preschoolers and high school students!

Shoes
From the bus stop to the lunch line, these shoe styles will ensure comfort while offering the perfect compliment to any outfit. For girls, we’re seeing metallics as a huge trend this season, whether it is in flats, lace up sneakers, or simple slip-ons. Neutral colors like grays, whites, navies and browns will be key this season as your middle-schooler begins to develop his or her sense of personal style — sticking with a neutral ensures that the shoes will match, no matter how bold the outfit choice may be!

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For Girls: Sperry Top-Sider Angelfish | Keds Champion CVO Iterations | Skechers BOBS World Sparkle Plush | Hanna Andersson Disa | Steve Madden Troopas

For Boys: Converse Chuck Taylors Crocs Kid Classics | Florsheim Kearny Jr.’s | Timberland Earthkeepers | Skechers Equalizers Persistent

Backpacks
This year, we’re seeing some fun new styles for your student’s most important accessory. Print is definitely in, and there are tons of stylish designs to choose from ranging from geometric patterns to bright florals. With their unique look and multiple pockets for storage, flap-style backpacks are also a great option for students. A simple yet exciting option for younger students is a backpack that has a colorful contrast. If your child prefers the classics, try a solid-colored backpack in their favorite color – you can feel confident that this purchase will never go out of style!

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JWorld New York Oz Backpack | JanSport Superbreak | Sakroots Artist Circle | Stephanie Dawn 10009 Backpack | The North Face Vault | Preferred Nation 5717 Backpack

Apparel
As your kids ease back into the school year, styles that are comfortable and look great too will give them confidence from the very first day. For those early school weeks as we embrace the end of summer, casual t-shirts (stripes and florals are big this season) are a great way to transition. As we move into cooler temperatures, button down flannels and long-sleeve Ts in bright colors will continue to be top picks for school style. And though a heavy jacket (hopefully!) won’t be needed for a little longer, be sure to send them off with a weatherproof jacket that they’ll love wearing as we move in autumn, like either of the durable & cozy styles below.

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O’Neill Palisade Flannel | Patagonia Capilene Long Sleeve | O’Neill Crewzer Crew | Icebreaker Tech Lotus Tee | Patagonia Light Hoodie | Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket

As you and your middle schoolers are crossing off all the items on your back to school shopping list, be sure to make back to school center one of your first stops!

Shoe Reviews: Kids Winter Boots

Kids Winter Boots: Warm, Waterproof, Comfort

When you’re shopping for the little(r) feet in your life in the winter, there are a few things to keep in mind. As a parent, you want something warm, durable and affordable. But, perhaps the biggest challenge is getting your kids excited about wearing the boots, we can help with that too. Here’s a quick list of features and styles to think about before you make this season’s purchase. After all, if the Farmer’s Almanac is right, you’ll need to keep those little toes toasty.

FUNCTION IS KEY
Here’s what to look for:

  • Waterproofing – whether it’s raining or there are snowbanks outside, you want to keep little feet dry.
  • Insulation – choose what makes sense for your winter weather. If you’re down south, a sturdy rain boot may get your kids through the season, but if you’re used to snowdays – or live in a region where the wind chill is nothing to joke about, insulation and room for warm socks is key.
  • Comfort – padded insoles, traction on the outsoles and lightweight styles will help your kids navigate the winter months without wanting to take their boots off.
  • Quality – this is important because you don’t want leaky soles or cold toes, but you should still be able to find plenty of options across all the price points to fit your budget too.

OUR PICKS
Now, when it comes to style, kids boots have come a long way, so your child can gear up for snowy days now with a range of colors and styles that fit their personality. While, not all boots are designed for romping in the snowbanks, there are lots to choose from that will fit both your wish list and your child’s! Here are our top picks for the season:

  1. Lightweight, water-resistant and easy to get on and off make this warm style a winner in our books. The North Face Alpenglow Boys & The North Face Alpenglow
  2. Every girl crushes on the ultimate cozy winter boots from UGG Australia. A fan favorite: UGG Bailey Bow 
  3. A winter boot to hit the snowbanks in that won’t break the piggy bank is also key. This is the boot for you: Tundra Teddy
  4. The classic rain boot is a must-have for puddle jumpers, and with a range of colors and patterns, there’s a good match for everyone’s little one. For your little trooper: Bogs Camo Classic & your little flower girl: Bogs Classic Flower Stripe
  5. When there’s just a little snow on the ground, this waterproof shoe can go right from the school bus stop to the classroom: Merrell Jungle Frosty

Bring on the snow angels!